Apple is preparing a rollout of its Healthkit development tools to health professionals and healthcare providers in the US including the likes of Cleveland Clinic and John Hopkins among others, Reuters reports. Also Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing ends
HealthKit, announced at WWDC earlier this year, is an API for its Heath platform that essentially stores all your fitness and health-related data at one place. Apple is positioning Healthkit and its Health app as being an all-in-one solution for medical professionals to store patient data like blood pressure, pulse, and weight. Health app allows users to keep track and input several different health metrics measured by various devices, and can also allow an at-a-glance view of overall health with the aggregated data. Also Read - iPhone selling in LG stores? Apple is apparently in talks for a new deal
Apple is also hoping that physicians will use the available data to improve diagnostics and treatment decisions. The company is also looking to partner electronic health records provider Epic Systems to integrate its software and services. Both Health and HealthKit will be a part of Apple’s new iOS 8 mobile operating system releasing later this year. Also Read - Apple CEO Tim Cook claims iOS is more secure than Android
Emergency Room doctor in training named Jae Won Joh feels that HealthKit has tremendous potential. “Imagine if with just your phone, you could travel with all of your former imaging studies (e.g. chest X-rays, CT scans). Your verified vaccination records, your biopsy result, your list of allergies and your lab tests from the last 10, 15, 20 years,” he wrote on Quora. “All the medications and doses you’ve ever been on, for what time period, and why. Your heart rate and blood pressure measurements from every clinic visit you’ve ever made. What if all of this was kept in the cloud, with instant access through your phone?”
“I feel that HealthKit might well be the first step in creating something akin to a universal EMR. If Apple pulls this off with the right partners, they could potentially solve one of the single worst problems in healthcare today: the inability to easily transfer patient records from one care location to another,” Joh concluded.
Apple has released no statement confirming the upcoming partnerships for HealthKit. Cleveland Clinic associate chief information officer William Morris told Reuters that the clinical solutions team is experimenting with HealthKit’s beta and is providing feedback to Apple. “HealthKit and related services could become a means for some technology teams at budget-strapped hospitals to save time and resources, as mobile developers won’t have to integrate with dozens of apps and devices like fitness trackers or Glucometers as they have to now,” he said.